Wild coach: ‘We don’t need to reinvent the wheel’

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After a scrappy OT loss in Game 1, many believed that the Minnesota Wild basically followed the script when the Chicago Blackhawks handled them 5-2 in Game 2 on Friday.

Mike Yeo told the team’s Web site that a 2-0 series deficit isn’t a death sentence … and he speaks from experience.

“Because we’re down 2-0, it doesn’t mean this series is over,” Yeo said. “I’ve been a part of series where we’ve come back from being down 2-0 and I know there’s other people on our team who have as well.”

Indeed, Yeo has seen firsthand that teams can fight back from such holes. It doesn’t hurt that the next two games will be in Minnesota, either.

“I thing this place is going to be rocking tomorrow,” Yeo said. “We’re excited for that.”

Yeo doesn’t see the need for drastic changes.

“Because we played one game that wasn’t good, I don’t think we need to reinvent the wheel,” Yeo said.

“ … The good news is that we haven’t seen our best hockey, yet.”

That’s certainly true of Minnesota’s big three of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu. That trio of players has failed to score a single point and carries matching -3 ratings going into Game 3.

If their best players start playing the part, the Wild might at least have a chance to make thigns interesting.